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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★★

    As much as I want to give this movie credit for having one of the best lead male performances of the year in Malek's Mercury, it is actively failing at every turn.

    Pretty much every decision made here is ill-advised, from the predictable/contrived plot to the lack of character depth and motivations. There are moments of good filmmaking, but too much of this comes across as a botched, watered-down rush job made to appeal to mass audiences. You can take…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    This film is special. Seldom do we see a filmmaker operating on the farthest reaches of convention, crafting something so beautiful and grotesque with such elegance and artistry.

    Luca Guadagnino's latest is one of the best films of the year, filled with outstanding performances, dynamic camerawork, disturbing/upsetting imagery, and a brilliantly hypnotic score from Thom York.

    This film transfixed and transported me unlike anything else I have seen this year. It is at times a bit tediously slow, but the…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    This was stressful as hell. John Krasinski pulls heavily from the Hitchcock handbook to build suspense, not relying on cheap jump scares. I would have loved to have had a completely silent audience, but that's just a rare luxury these days. People are still gonna look at their damn phones, and make hushed comments to their friends. I did appreciate the one girl in the theater who aggressively shushed a loud asshole twice. I think Krasinski crafted a film that…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    Despite some bad acting and a couple corny death scenes, I am still spooked as fuck.

    I'm looking over my shoulder walking to my car and around my house. I'm shuddering just picturing that mask.

    A masterpiece and undeniable trendsetter. And that terrifying theme music. Hwoof.